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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve - Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's ReserveSt. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 52
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcdiflorio on 11-22-2007)
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Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a teensy 1/4"beieg head over the clear reddish chestnut brew. Head is quickly down a skim, with film around the rimand leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits and malt.

Taste is heartily malty sweet to start, dark fruits in the middle, maybe a touch of fusel closing with a light bitterness and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice rep of the style, and an enjoyable brew. Was worried about excessive spicing in a holiday brew, but this one's safe.

ppoitras, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of MrRockstar
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

MrRockstar, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

bacher468, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

foureyedgeek, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev -4.5%


Pours a deep brown, reddish brown glow when held up to light. Minimal lacing for a head.

Smells of mild spice, brown sugar and figs.

Figs, molasses, brown sugar and a hint of licorice in the taste.

Medium to full body with a mild tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty tasty beer, a bit cloying but good and manageable. Would have it again around the holidays, but a bit rich to drink a lot of.

Cylinsier, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mrosenfeld32, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, not much of a head , some decent lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like plum, rasin, smoked roasty malts, mollasses, brown sugar. Cherry, caramel, cinnamon, chocolate. Some added spices.

Taste - Dark fruits and roasted malts at first. Nice mix of bold chocolate, molassess and brown sugars but not overly sweet. The caramel malts works well with the added spices, which gives a mint like flavor. The finish is malty and really smooth.

Mouthfeel - Malts and sugars really grab the tounge. Palate gets more malts, sugars and spices. Aftertaste is malty, some alcohol , a little thin and watery.

Overall - Excellent, balanced well and super easy to drink. Nothing over the top, straight up soild, and add to the face you can score this for between 4-6$ a 22oz'er, makes it a value also. Worth a drink every holiday season.

wvsabbath, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

skaboom420, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -4.5%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of gjrey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

gjrey, May 20, 2012
Photo of irishevans
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%

2010 vintage poured into my O.G. Duke Pilsener glass @ 00:10 on 5/17/2012

A- Dark Mahogany color with a slight orange/light brown hue coming through the sides when held to the light. the head is a light tan/cream color, that formed to just under two fingers width, then settled to a thin film. and that later turns into just a ring around the glass with a trace of the film left in the middle. leaves behind a bit of lacing, not overly thick, but that could be due to the sheer age of the glass.

N- Toasted grain, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, and a bit of date/raisin smell in there too.

T- the Dark fruit comes out right away, along with a bit of boozy heat. the caramel then shows up to the party, followed quickly by the cinnamon coming out. it finishes sweet, and the chocolate taste that is rather subtle in the beginning add itself to the mix more potently. I should add that this is a graduated effect, once one flavor comes out it's there throughout.

M- medium viscosity, but thicker for the style. still nicely carbonated, but not over done. there is a dryness, presumably from some earthy/herbal hops, that don't really seem to affect the taste, but add a nice crispness to the feel. not an overall dry beer though. All in all a great mouthfeel for the style.

O- I'm in love. I think I cracked this it the right time. maybe could have gone longer but I'm quite satisfied with having imbibed it when I did. All this in mind, you had better beat me to the Penn Brewpub this winter, because I intend to get as much of this coming years vintage as my wallet will allow for.

irishevans, May 17, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Great bottle presentation, complete with a gift-style bag and gold wrapping around the top of the bottle. The beer pours a deep amber to brown color with a few fingers of off-white head. Retention and lacing are both OK.

S: Sugary, caramel malts and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg really take the beer over. Smells pretty sweet overall.

T: Thankfully the spices in the aroma aren't all that present in the taste. This is extremely smooth. Caramel malts, hints of roast, sugar, and a slight amount of spice.

MF: Low on the carbonation, this beer is extremely drinkable for how sweet it is. Medium body.

O: This beer probably has a better value than 90% on the market. At $4 a bottle you would be a fool to not buy it. Wonderful balance, very nice presentation, should age well. Cannot go wrong here.

russwbeck, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -4.5%

kayrex, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of SarahHealey
4/5  rDev -4.5%

SarahHealey, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of randylangford
3/5  rDev -28.4%

randylangford, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of NoProblem
5/5  rDev +19.3%

NoProblem, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of jaredtuk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of creeker2258
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

creeker2258, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of gkatsoris
1.95/5  rDev -53.5%

A: Deep dark clear oaky in color. Prett thin head that disapated pretty quickly. Minimal lacing left on glass.

S: Caramel. Brown sugar. Wood. Very Malty. Shoe-fly-pie.

T: Wet hay and wet hay. Grass. Copper. Raw dough. Flour.

M: What I could get to stay in my mouth; very thin.

O: And down the drain it went.

Sorry Redliner8, thanks for sharing it tho.

gkatsoris, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev -1%

St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

Pours a dark brown, pretty much opaque. Aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. In the taste, sugary malts, caramel, fig, raisin and dates make for a tasty beverage. Roasted malts are in the background. The presence of alcohol is on the small side, with just a little warmth. There is a hint of spice. Malty, semi sweet, and having little to no bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with medium carbonation. Overall, glad I finally got to try this one. A nice malty bock that hides its strength and is easy to drink. I believe it is bottle conditioned and would like to try it in that format next.

Stinkypuss, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

hoppymcgee, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%

Received in a large snifter. I'm guessing at least 12 Oz. 2011 vintage at the brewpub.

3.0 A: Clear dark brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy brown head. Retention is average with no lacing left.

3.5 S: Spice heavy with. Boatloads of cinnamon. Nutmeg and cardamom to a lesser extent. Not much from the beer itself. Caramel and a light booze.

3.0 T: Same as the nose. Spices stick out while the beer itself is weak sauce. Very little going on here. Disappointing.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is fine but the beer feels dead on the tongue. Lacking any semblance to creaminess.

2.5 D: I'm pissed that the new operations managed to ruin this beer as well. It used to be a favorite of mine.

DavoleBomb, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of jamiemottram
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jamiemottram, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

greg4579, Dec 22, 2011
St. Nikolaus Bock Bier - Brewer's Reserve from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.